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Les Cartes Vivantes


Published 1905


Les cartes vivantes
Also known as The Living Playing Cards in the USA
(1905) French
B&W : Short film
Directed by Georges Méliès

A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very familiar about him.

Méliès Star-Film production. / Produced by Georges Méliès. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The film was released in the USA as The Living Playing Cards on 8 April 1905; Fr 16 February 1905 by Georges Méliès [H56753].

Also Known As (AKA)
Les cartes vivantes France (original title)
Megelevenedett kártyák Hungary
The Living Playing Cards USA


Run time 2 minutes 45 seconds
Producer Georges Méliès
Production Company Star Film Company
Sponsor Gen X
Audio/Visual silent, black and white

Segments

Film negative format (mm/video inches)
35 mm
Cinematographic process
Spherical
Printed film format
35 mm
Aspect ratio
1.33 : 1

Reviews

Reviewer: GapOkie - - December 1, 2014
Subject: Georges Méliès The Great
Surely Méliès was a great film artist as proven by this example. Look at the other shorts of his here.
Reviewer: barticle - - November 30, 2014
Subject: Pretty good
Interesting old film. Hard to say which tricks were camera stunts and which actual legerdemain. Good performance anyway.
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